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Par Jim Murphy. 1995
An account of the conflagration that levelled much of Chicago in 1871. Chronicles events from the fire's outbreak and rapid…spread to its extinguishment by rain, as reported by survivors and in documents of the period. Examines the origins, circumstances, and official failures that contributed to the disaster. Grades 5-8. A 1996 Newbery Honor Book. c1995.
Par Jack Beeching. 1982
Par Larry Pynn. 1996
In 1992, Vancouver Sun journalist Larry Pynn decided to undertake an adventure. He followed the old Stikine Trail in the…Yukon, by foot, horseback and canoe, to the Klondike. He discovered many relics, met colourful characters, and relived Canadian gold rush history.
Par Chris Bonington. 1987
At the age of 50, the author, one of the world's best-known mountaineers, reached the summit of Mount Everest in…1985 after four attempts. He chronicles his Everest expeditions and the ascent of Mount Vinson in the Antarctic with Frank Wells. 1987.
Par Lewis H., ed Lapham, Peter T Struck. 1997
Selections from letters, memoirs, reports, and a few imaginary portrayals, presenting first-person descriptions of human tragedies. Illustrates the impact of…disasters on society, recounts instances of extreme brutality inflicted on groups and communities, explores the capacity for regeneration, and cites examples of people's responses to doomsday scenarios. 1998, c1997.
Par Tom Drodge, Grover Cleveland Hodge. 2018
On December 10, 1942, at the height of the Second World War, a crew of seven men boarded the bomber…plane Time's A Wastin' and departed the American base at Narsarsuaq, Greenland, on their way back to the United States via Goose Bay, Labrador. After crossing the Davis Strait between Greenland and Labrador, the B-26 ran into rough weather and crashed at Saglek, Labrador. All of the crew survived. As per their training, they stayed with the wreck to wait for rescuers--but rescue never came. This is their incredible story, as related by the diary kept by the pilot, First Lieutenant Grover Cleveland Hodge. 2018.
Par Sean Rossiter. 2002
From the dawn of aviation, Canada has produced intrepid pilots of renown. Learning their craft in some of the most…difficult conditions anywhere, many of these flyers became expert pilots, navigators and mechanics. These great Canadians pilots were among the highest-scoring Allied aces of both world wars. 2002.
Par Kevin Callan. 2007
A compendium of basic wilderness instruction and well-tested campsite advice from one of North America's top canoeing and outdoors experts.…Learn how to plan your trip, pack only what's needed, and beat the bugs, stake a tent, build a fire, ward off unwanted wildlife, and paddle a canoe. Also includes using maps and a compass, camp cooking, camping with dogs and kids, bruises, blisters and Band-Aids, and cold-weather camping. 2007, c2005.
Par Jerry Kobalenko. 2002
Ellesmere Island lays a mere 450 miles from the North Pole and has the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere…east of the Rockies. For more than a decade, Kobalenko has traced the routes of explorers and Inuits, and broken many new trails across the frozen terrain of Ellesmere Island. He investigates the motives and mistakes of the island's first explorers, searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explorer Dr. Hans Kruger and the murder of an Inuit guide. 2002.
Par Peter Benoit. 2011
Have you ever heard of the famous Hindenburg blimp that crashed and burned in New Jersey on May 6, 1937?…Learn about the history of airships (also called zeppelins after the man who invented them, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin), and the Hindenburg, and about what happened the day of the crash - how sixty-two people managed to survive, and that it’s still not known why the crash took place. Also includes facts about the blimps of today, statistics, and a timeline. Grades 3-6. 2011.
Par Robert Hunter. 2004
Eleven landlubbing environmentalists and one old sea captain planned to pilot a small, aging fishing boat across 3,800 kilometres of…the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of storm season to try to stop a hydrogen bomb test - and possibly be incinerated in the process. Launched from Vancouver, the 1971 odyssey failed to stop the bomb but did ignite a world-wide environmental movement. Written by a member of the expedition, the book captures the idealism and hope of the psychedelic '60s, while also telling a sea story, full of the debates and misadventures of the characters on board. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex and violence. 2004.
Par Robert Wenkam. 1987
Explains the basic geology of the unstable Pacific Coast and Central America to Alaska and the volcanically active islands of…Hawaii. Discusses earthquake disaster planning in southern California and the probabilities of a major earthquake in the near future. 1987.
Par Sarah Murgatroyd. 2003
In 1860, an eccentric Irish police officer named Robert O'Hara Burke set out to Melbourne at the head of the…most ambitious expedition of his age. Up until this point Australia had remained a truly dark continent, but times were changing. On 20 August Burke and his team of eighteen men made a confident start - journeying north towards the Gulf of Carpentaria. Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to cross the continent. Meanwhile, John McDouall Stuart, a dour Scotsman with a fondness for the bottle, was already trekking north from Adelaide. The race was on. 2003.
Par Rick Archbold, Robert D Ballard. 1987
The author recounts his 12-year quest for the sunken "Titanic", its 1985 discovery by his expedition, and his return a…year later to explore and photograph the wreck. Also recounts the events of the fateful night in 1912 when the "Titanic" sunk. 1987.
Par Jeffry V Brock. 1981
Par Laura MacDonald. 2005
On December 7, 1917, in the heart of the World War I, two ships collided in Halifax harbour. The resulting…explosion killed over 2,000 people and injured some 6,000 more. Macdonald presents the whole story of how the military, volunteers and ordinary citizens united to organize one of the most complex relief efforts in North American history. Descriptions of violence. 2005.
Par Matt Gutman. 2018
From ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman comes the definitive account of the miracle rescue of twelve boys and…their coach trapped in a flooded cave for nearly three weeks. 2018.
Par Jean Pelletier, Claude Adams. 1981
Par Stephen Coonts. 1992
In June 1991, Coonts and his son David set out on the first leg of a journey in a 1942…Stearman open-cockpit biplane. The trip will eventually take Coonts into each of the forty-eight continental United States. As he traverses the country, Coonts portrays life in small-town America as well as in big towns, and paints a picture of scorching deserts, dismal swamps, and soaring mountains. c1992.
Par Rob Taylor. 1981